In the same way that you’ll determine if Mexico is right for retirement by determining if Mexico is right for you and your situation as a place to live, so the key benefits Mexico offers are universal to all, regardless of their life stage.
However, Mexico is especially attractive to retirees because some of these features and benefits can be especially helpful to people in retirement.
This article summarizes the key benefits Mexico offers to retirees and connects you to detailed information and local knowledge published here on Mexperience for further reading and research.
Climate affects us every day, and Mexico offers agreeable climates, often temperate or warm, and cold only at higher elevations in certain regions—and then only for limited times during the year. Connect to a wide range of articles and guides on Mexperience for more details about climate, seasons and weather in Mexico.
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Plenty of choices for location types
Mexico offers retirees choices in the types of places they can live in; from coastal locations that offer winter warmth, to mountain towns at elevation that offer year-round temperate climates.
Some places are more urbanized, others offer a countryside idyll surrounded by nature. ‘Remote’ places popular with foreign residents tend to be within an hour’s drive of a large town or city that offer services and amenities retirees often seek, including healthcare services and major stores.
Our articles about discovering places to live in Mexico offer practical insights that can help you to consider the various locations on offer and discover potential places to live in Mexico so you can narrow your short-list according to your situation and considered lifestyle needs.
Further insight about places to live in Mexico
Fresh, locally produced food and drinks
Mexico’s shops and markets provide you with an abundant assortment of fresh food, especially visible at the vibrant, fragrant, local open-air markets here.
The year-round availability of delicious fresh fruits and vegetables, accompanied by a parade of colorful drinks and beverages made using them, makes Mexico one of the most attractive countries to be in if you enjoy good wholesome food that is also affordable.
Mexperience helps you to discover food and drink in Mexico as part of of your retirement research and planning.
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Some places offer open-air organic food and produce markets each week
Mexico also offers choices when you seek specialist imported food & drink
Craft beers brewed locally are growing in popularity across Mexico
Ample range of local products and amenities
Retirees coming to Mexico, especially those from the US and Canada, are likely to feel at home when it comes to obtaining many of the products, services, and amenities they have become accustomed to in their home country.
Mexico’s retail markets are extensive and well-developed; and there’s a large and growing selection of online shopping choices too.
Many products and brands foreign retirees are accustomed to seeing back home will be available in Mexico, either at one of the many supermarkets, through specialist retailers, or through online shopping options.
There are still some exceptions, for example, black tea, and alternatives for smokers are conspicuously absent; but Mexico today offers more choice and variety than it ever has before, and the range and selection of products and amenities continues to improve each year.
Local leisure amenities, including cafés, bistros, restaurants, gymnasiums, event centers, cinemas, theme parks, national parks and reserves, campsites, etc. are plentiful and readily accessible.
Further about local markets, services and amenities
Our guide to markets & shopping summarizes all the major shopping choices in Mexico from local tienditas and markets, to supermarkets and hypermarkets, department stores and special retailers
Our article about buying imported goods and homewares describes how you can obtain specialized and unusual food and home items that foreign residents tend to seek out
Browse our latest articles about eating out in Mexico
Like films? Learn about going to the movies in Mexico
Read our latest articles about markets and shopping in Mexico for even more insights
Affordable living costs
Retirees have different cost structures compared to people moving to Mexico who are of working age and perhaps with children to raise; for examples:
- they have no school fees to pay or children to ferry around and take on school trips;
- most have no mortgages and may also have no other substantial debts to service; and
- they might also be able to live in Mexico without a car, which can save costs.
However, retirees have costs to consider and budget for in other areas that younger people might not have, perhaps healthcare costs being the major expense, and other assistance services, including home help and specialist care services that might have to be considered and duly funded.
Further insight about retirees’ costs in Mexico
Accessible transportation and communications
Most retirees travel within in Mexico to explore the country, as well as take trips to travel back to their home country to see family and friends (or they might receive visits in Mexico).
Some people retiring to Mexico might do so part time, spending only part of the year in Mexico, perhaps to overwinter here.
It’s for these reasons that good transport links, including decent roads and access to international airports, becomes important.
Mexico offers a well-developed and reliable transportation infrastructure that enable you to travel and be near other people who are close in your life, as well as excellent communications networks that enable you to keep touch at a distance, affordably.
Further insight about travel and communications
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Ample choices in accommodations
Retirees coming to Mexico who want to rent will find an ample choice of property types to choose from; our article about the practicalities of renting a home is worth reading to get local insights about that. (See link below.)
A wider selection of property types is available to retirees seeking a home to buy; and engaging the services of local real estate agent is an effective way search and buy a home here.
The links to the articles below help you to consider your accommodation choices when you’re thinking about retirement in Mexico.
Further insight about accommodations for retirees in Mexico
The practicalities of finding a suitable house rental in Mexico
Latest articles about real estate in Mexico
World-class health and wellbeing services
Healthcare services and the availability of medicines is often near the top of retirees’ needs and concerns when they plan a move to Mexico.
All of Mexico’s popular retirement destinations are well served by doctors, dentists, opticians as well as a range of clinical and hospital services, including emergency care and specialized medical professionals and services.
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Medical insurance options when you’re living in Mexico
Thriving retirement communities
In addition to the ample variety of types of locations on offer, the more popular locations to live in Mexico offer thriving and well-established retirement communities that help newcomers and long-time residents to get involved in local groups, societies, and events. This is especially helpful when you are endeavoring to settle properly into Mexico, long term.
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Safety, and economic stability
Although media reports about security matters have put-off some people from visiting or retiring to Mexico, foreign residents of all life stages report that they feel safe in Mexico, and that the reality they live here every day is characterized by regular routines and being part of strong local communities where people look out for each other and work together to resolve issues if problems arise.
Retirees also enjoy stable lifestyles here, too—as the macroeconomics of the country are well-managed, markets work well, and there is a wide and regular availability of goods and services available, including increasing ranges of goods available through online companies that specialize in offering less common and imported products.
Further insights about safety and stability in Mexico
Warm, welcoming culture and language
Although English is widely spoken across Mexico, especially in the most popular retiree enclaves and tourist towns, learning or improving your Spanish language skills will help you enormously as you settle into your retirement in Mexico because it will give you deeper access to the local culture and enable you to integrate in ways that those who don’t speak Spanish cannot.
Mexico’s rich culture and its canny ability to assimilate foreign things without losing its own identity, offers retirees the opportunity of experiencing unusual celebrations and traditions which are nonetheless familiar.
Retirees get a front-row seat to all this culture and the events that surround it, and while others may dream of visiting Mexico in-season to experience these events, they are part of everyday life here for retirees in Mexico. It’s an enormous, and often overlooked, benefit of living here.
Further insight about culture and language in Mexico
Foreign Native: articles that share insights into the local culture
PinPoint Spanish: context and nuances of Spanish in everyday use in Mexico
Further research and resources
Mexperience offers you a comprehensive online resource of information and local knowledge to help you discover Mexico, explore choices, find opportunities and plan a new life in Mexico.